`Time for separatists to help resolve K-issue`
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 23:29
Srinagar: Describing the Indo-Pak talks as "fruitful", Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday asked the separatists to play their role in resolution of Kashmir issue.

"If the separatists had no hindrance in talking with Pakistani leaders, what is the problem for staying away from dialogue with Indian leadership? The situation demands that the separatists get united and play their role in resolution of Kashmir issue," the Union minister for New and Renewable Energy said in a statement here.

Abdullah said bitterness and grudges have neither helped in resolving any issue in the past nor will it help in future.

"The future talks between India and Pakistan will not only forge friendship but also ensure resolution of Kashmir issue," Abdullah, who also heads the ruling National Conference in the state, said.

He said the National Conference was desirous of bringing down the walls of hatred between the two countries so that the people of the region can live a peaceful life and further cement the bonds of friendship.

"Both the Ministers besides discussing various matters talked about the cross-border trade activities and I am hopeful that all the historic roads used for trade by people of Kashmir will be reopened," he said, referring to Foreign Minister S M Krishna's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar yesterday in New Delhi.

Referring to the Kargil-Skardu road, Abdullah advocated for its early opening.

Abdullah said his party has been a strong advocate for friendship between New Delhi and Islamabad as a "strong Pakistan is in the interest of strong India".

The two countries yesterday announced additional confidence building measures (CBMs) related to Kashmir, including increasing cross-LoC trading days and expanding travel to include tourism and religious aspects.


First Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 23:29

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